Meaning of “occupation” in the English Dictionary

"occupation" in American English

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us /ˌɑk·jəˈpeɪ·ʃən/

occupation noun (JOB)

[ C ] fml a person’s job:

He listed his occupation on the form as "teacher."

[ C ] fml An occupation is also a regular activity:

Sailing was his favorite weekend occupation.

occupation noun (CONTROLLING FORCE)

[ U ] the act of controlling a foreign country or region by armed force:

the occupation of France during World War II

(Definition of “occupation” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"occupation" in Business English

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uk /ˌɒkjəˈpeɪʃən/ us

[ C ] the job or type of job that a person has:

full-time/main occupation She lists her main occupation as 'property developer'.
current/previous occupation He returned to his previous occupation as a teacher.
Please state your name, age, and occupation.

[ U ] formal PROPERTY an occasion when someone moves into and starts using a building:

The apartment is available for occupation in April.
The company is entitled to exclusive occupation of the premises.

(Definition of “occupation” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)